Bristol City boss O'Driscoll highlights Leonardo Ulloa threat for Brighton
Head Coach Sean O’Driscoll says Brighton and Hove Albion striker Leonardo Ulloa represents a very real threat to Bristol City’s four-match winning streak at Ashton Gate.
Signed from Spanish club Almeria for £2m during the January transfer window, the Argentinian target man has already netted five times for the Seagulls, including a hat-trick in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Huddersfield at The Amex Stadium.
Ulloa is expected to spearhead Brighton’s attack in tonight’s Championship clash at Ashton Gate and O’Driscoll reckons the forward has given City’s rivals a new dimension.
“He is close to being the archetypal target man, but is also technically very good, which is difficult to find,” said O’Driscioll.
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“That is why they had to pay the money they paid for him. He gives them another option, enables them to play further up the pitch and be more of a threat from set pieces.
“He can hold the ball up and is an example of the progression they are making as a team.”
Ulloa is the latest in a major influx of overseas players into the Championship and O’Driscoll explains the trend in terms of cost.
He said: “We are seeing more and more overseas players in the Championship because they are more affordable.
“You may find a lad you like in League One or League Two, but if he is English, they may be asking three or four million pounds for him.
“I think most managers would prefer to buy British, but cannot afford to. We all buy New Zealand lamb because it is cheaper than British lamb and football is the same.
“You look at what you can afford and what offers the best value for money. Gus Poyet bought Ulloa for £2m and has a player who is physically and technically very good.”